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Tairawhiti Infrastructure Workers Face an Uncertain Future

Date of Release: 
Friday, March 13, 2015

Re-tendering roading and broadband contracts in the Gisborne region puts more than 300 infrastructure workers in limbo says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

Business numbers rise while unemployment remains high

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Figures released by Statistics New Zealand reveal almost 500,000 businesses are operating in New Zealand, an all-time high. However General Secretary of the FIRST Union Robert Reid says record business growth is not translating to record employment growth.

ANZ workers take strike action on Christmas Eve

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

ANZ workers from branches and contact centres around the country are on strike today in response to the bank’s refusal to bargain fairly, according to the bank workers’ union.

“They decided to take this action because they’re sick and tired of the bank’s approach to bargaining”, said FIRST Union organiser Tali Williams.

Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours

Date of Release: 
Friday, October 31, 2014

A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today.

Unions will pick up the Forest Safety challenge

Date of Release: 
Friday, October 31, 2014

“The report of the Independent Forest Safety Review Panel is a wake-up call for all stakeholders in the forest industry, including unions,” said Robert Reid, General Secretary of FIRST Union.

Wood sector union welcomes Forest Safety report

Date of Release: 
Friday, October 31, 2014

The wood sector union has welcomed the Final Report of the Independent Forestry Safety Review, released in Rotorua today.

Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology

Date of Release: 
Thursday, October 30, 2014

The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight.

Retail union celebrates reinstatement of worker wrongfully dismissed

Date of Release: 
Thursday, October 16, 2014

The retail union is celebrating the successful reinstatement of one of its members after the Employment Court found The Warehouse badly handled a letter from what the Court described as an “an irate customer whose mood had gone beyond irrationality.”

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